Mathews says defeat was due to failures in bowling and fielding departments

Mathews says defeat was due to failures in bowling and fielding departments

Mathews says defeat was due to failures in bowling and fielding departments

Written by Bella Dalima

04 Dec, 2014 | 9:17 pm

England reignited their World Cup preparations as Jos Buttler and Joe Root’s unbeaten 84-run partnership inspired the tourists to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Wednesday.

Speaking at the post-match press briefing, Sri Lankan Captain Angelo Mathews said that the failures in the bowling and fielding department resulted in the loss in the 3rd ODI of the seven-match series.

Sri Lankan won the toss on Wednesday and decided to take first lease of the Hambantota wicket. However, with the scoreboard reading 6 for 1, rain interrupted play resulting in a revised 35 over per side game.

Sri Lanka posted 242 runs for the loss of 8 in their 35 overs with Kumar Sangakkara reaching a mile stone 13,000 runs in the ODI becoming the 4th Player in the history of the sport to do so.

England were given a revised 236 run target according to the Duckworth Lewis method. England won the game by 5 wickets.

Sri Lankan Cricket Captain, Angelo Mathews said;

“We did not perform well in the bowling and fielding departments. The out-field was wet but that is not an excuse that we can give. 235 runs in 35 overs is a good amount of runs. We did not bowl or field well in the match.”

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka stormed into the quarter finals of the Blind Cricket World Cup defeating hosts South Africa.

Batting first South Africa posted 131 for the loss of 9 wickets in 35 overs and Sri Lanka reached the target losing 2 wickets. Sri Lanka will face India in the Semifinals of the Blind Cricket World Cup .

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